Glass of water being poured.

Lime Lingo: Tobago Ice-Water

  • Tobago ice-water (n):  A humorous reference to sucking a dinner mint and drinking pipe water afterwards to give a cold water effect when ice is not available.  From denigration of living conditions from the view of a less sophisticated Tobago.
    • Yuh have to take Tobago ice-water, to wash down that doubles boi.

Trini Talk Today: Donkey Years

  • Donkey years, donkeys years (phr):  A very long time. (<English donkey’s years  ‘ a very long time>).
    • “Les, when last….” “Years man.” “Is ah long time, oui.” “A long, long time, donkey years.” (Jones 1973:86)

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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padlocks on a wall

Trini Phrase: Huff

  • Huff (v): Steal especially take before anyone else can take it.
    • She wanted to “huff” the little money her ex-husband had and take it back to the USA with her. (Bomb 9 Nov 1990:25)

Trini folklore such as Papa Bois is an oral tradition meant to pass on the stories to the next generation. Other Trini phrases in the vernacular are If Crab Could Walk, Jhorts, Sprawl Off, Doux-Doux, Kote-si-Kote-la.

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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Electrical wires on a pole

Trini Talk Today: Toot Bagai

  • Tout Bagai, toot bagai,  tout bagaille (pron):  Everything; all sorts of things. /tut bagai/ (<French Creole tout ‘all’ + bagai ‘thing’). Toot Bagai “One Rate to Call Toute Bagai” from a bMobile billboard in Trinidad.

A French Creole, or French-based creole language, is a creole language for which French is the lexifier. Most often this lexifier is not modern French but rather a 17th-century koiné of French from Paris, the French Atlantic harbours, and the nascent French colonies.


Tooute Bagai Billboard
Toute Bagai On A Billboard In Trinidad

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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Rubber Duckies on a shelf

Lime Lingo: Half-Pick Duck

  • Half-Pick Duck, Harpic Duck (phr):  Not the whole story, explanation. (French taking only half the feathers off a duck.) = duck story.
    • “Ah, dat is more like it. When yuh ah gimme ah drink, gimme ah man’s drink, no damm half pick duck” (Rollock 1975:18)